Auditory information from Therapeutic Listening CDs provides direct input to both the vestibular and the auditory systems. Therapeutic Listening utilizes specific CDs that vary in musical style, types of filtering, and level of complexity. The music on Therapeutic Listening CDs is electronically altered to elicit the orienting response, which sets up the body for sustained attention and active listening. Therapeutic Listening is used along with sensory integration treatment to address difficulties with attention, organization, self-regulation, postural control, communication, and praxis.
This is a treatment approach that combines the therapeutic benefit of music with sophisticated sound technology to influence how a child perceives, processes, and responds to sound. Because the process of listening involves many levels of the brain, listening therapy can influence many aspects of a child’s functioning. Specifically, a customized listening program can be used to target a child’s sensory modulation abilities, behavioral regulation, communication skills, postural control or motor skills.
When supervised by a skilled clinician, listening therapy can be a powerful tool to assist a child in meeting his or her therapy goals.